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Reading to Become an Author
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When I started working with Indie Authors twelve years ago, I had the surprise of my life when I learned many of them do not read regularly! I still do not understand how that is possible because my love for books developed as a reader since I was a child. I began writing in a diary when I was a pre-teen but really started experimenting with words, writing poetry and essays during my twenties. Although I did a lot of technical writing after college, it wasn’t until my mid-30s that I began writing articles and short stories for different publications. Throughout my life, I never stopped reading. Many of the books I read inspired me to write and even taught me the skills to write for publication.

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Book Season is Here
Book Season is Here 1024 576 Reader Views

Yes, book season is here! If you’re like me, as a reader you are getting ready for fall and new books! But as an indie author, that excitement is about getting busy as “book season” means the promotional season begins.

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On Toni Morrison, Reviewers, and Other Sad Tales
On Toni Morrison, Reviewers, and Other Sad Tales 1024 576 Reader Views

Carolyn Howard Johnson weighs in on Toni Morrison, Review Publication Outlets, Book Banning and Self-Publishing bias in this must-read article.

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Newsletter Benefits for Indie Authors
Newsletter Benefits for Indie Authors 1024 576 Reader Views

As indie authors, we get the importance of having a website, creating, and maintaining a blog, and being active on social media to connect with our audience. But many of us have neglected one of the most effective tools to keep audiences connected: the mighty newsletter!

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Pitching Yourself and Your Book
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We pitch ourselves a lot more than what we think in our daily lives. So why is it that when it comes to pitching ourselves and our creations as authors, we panic?

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“True Publishing Includes Marketing… or How I Developed My Book Marketing World View
“True Publishing Includes Marketing… or How I Developed My Book Marketing World View 1024 576 Reader Views

I have come to believe there is a right way to publish for every author and every project—not necessarily one right way—and that “right way” may vary from author to author and from project to project. The trick is to know as much about the publishing industry as possible before moving ahead on the path you choose for any given book and any given author’s personality.

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To Be… or Not to Be?
To Be… or Not to Be? 1024 683 Reader Views

How much do passive “to be” verbs sabotage the power of your fiction and nonfiction writing? Do they add zest and quicken the pace? Do they keep readers turning pages long passed their sleep time? Or do they dig one pothole after another on the road to great writing?

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Can Indies Secure Prime Table Placements at Bookstores?
Can Indies Secure Prime Table Placements at Bookstores? 1024 576 Reader Views

For indies, it is hard enough to convince a bookstore to take your book on consignment. Could it even be possible to get a good table placement for your book?

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The Power of Great Opening Lines
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In this high speed world where we want everything now, the opening lines of your book are more important than ever. Today, Dr. Randy Overbeck shares his thoughts on crafting opening sentences to make the reader want more…

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“Listen and Learn: Podcasts for Indie Authors”
“Listen and Learn: Podcasts for Indie Authors” 1024 576 Reader Views

Listen and Learn: 40 Podcasts for Indie Authors by Sheri Hoyte, Managing Editor, Reader Views A couple of weeks ago, we talked about some of the best craft books for authors. We received a lot of great input, added a few mores sources to the list, and created a downloadable reference document for your use:…

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